Some Gnostic monks had other ideas, though, regarding their sacred texts, from burying a Lost Gospel in the coffin of a monk to hiding the leather bound copies in a sealed ceramic pot buried in desert sand for almost two millennia.
The Nag Hammadi Library was found near the ruins of an old Gnostic Monastery near Nag Hammadi, Egypt in 1945. Largely overlooked for the more sensational yet largely bland Dead Sea Scrolls found in caves near the Essene ruins at Qumran, the Library contains passages that have rocked conventional Christianity. All of the Lost Gospels are genuine, including: The Gospels of: Judas (1983), Thomas (1898), Mary (1896), and Philip (1945) and the Gospel of Truth and the Gospel of the Egyptians. Many match content of pages of similar gospels found around the world.
Until the Council of Nicea, Early Christianity was very diverse with factions following Jesus, Mary, Judas, Paul, John the Baptist, and most of the original apostles. Each had a cult following for about 300 years. Then Constantine banned all versions of Christianity except the new version of state- sponsored Roman Catholicism.
So what do these banned Gnostic and Nazarene texts reveal? Big secrets that the Church wants to deny and keep hidden. For example:
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The banned Nag Hammadi Library.